Les Arts Plastiques

Alicia Pawlowski of Les Arts Plastiques is a Bison mainstay by now (we think this is year 6 for her at the fair), and she’s always been such a wonderful part of our maker community. And it’s been such a treat to see her work grow over the years, too!

“I make one of a kind, limited run jewelry in sterling silver and brass with a lot of gemstones. My designs are heavily inspired by art deco and mid-century motifs.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

How far back are we talking? A paper fish that was bigger than me with gold spray painted macaroni scales comes to mind (age 4).  Otherwise Britney Spears style seed bead fringe necklaces I sold on the bus around age 9.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

 I sometimes (read often) have ideas that are an unreasonable fit for my time/budget/skills. Failing at constructing an idea can be so frustrating and wasteful.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

I put the torch down. Take a walk, go to bed, leave it for fresh hands. After taking a break, I usually have an idea of how to simplify things. Otherwise I’ll just sit there melting and burning up materials and gritting my teeth for hours.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 (or more) words.

 I used to just sit and put materials together at random until ideas hit me. These days I plan a lot more, there’s sketching and practice. A lot of things lately have been inspired by modern art masters, so pouring over how to make a jewelry version of those works has definitely been a big part of the process.

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\ \ \ BONUS QUESTION / / /

 If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

Name?  Benji

Age? I wanna say like 5? He’s my boyfriend’s parents dog, but I love the little idiot.

Any distinct personality trait of theirs? He’s a grumpy, jealous little old man that loves cheese even more than me.